Lucy Hale struggled with reactions to her changing body while playing a high school student on the hit show Pretty Little Liars.
The 30-year-old is best known for playing Aria Montgomery on the U.S. teen drama series from 2010 to 2017, during which time her body changed, and Lucy has confessed that she struggled with the negative reaction on social media to her slight weight gain.
“Looking back on it now, it’s like, Oh, that was really tough. You did feel like you had to uphold some sort of image,” Lucy explained to U.S. Cosmopolitan magazine. “I’ve always been very petite, but over the course of eight years, my body changed. I gained a little bit of weight, and seeing how people reacted to that really messed with my head.”
And as the show became more popular, her low confidence took a further hit when she began getting breakouts.
“I started getting all these stress-related, hormone-related breakouts. They had this specialty light for me,” she recalled.
Now, Lucy shared her regret at the time she’s spent worrying over her looks, especially as it was out of her control.
“I look back and I think of all the minutes and hours I’ve wasted upset over how I looked or something that was out of my control,” she shared. “I wish I could get that time back, although it has led me to where I’m at now.”
The Katy Keene star celebrated the return of her confidence when she hit 30 by chopping her brunette hair into a chic shoulder-length bob.
“It feels nice to just not give a f**k about certain things,” she said of her decision. “It was the most liberating thing I’ve ever done.”
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